Festival season 2018 starts here: The Great Escape, the festival for new music, internationally renowned for breaking the best and brightest new talent for over 12 years, is here to provide the soundtrack to your future with the FIRST FIFTY – a series of exclusive gigs over 3 days in East London from the very hottest new artists around. The artists announced to play this series of exciting live shows give a first glimpse of the talent lined up to play TGE 2018 and take next year’s festival season by storm.

Returning for the second year, this November 21st – 23rd, The Great Escape comes to the musical hotbed that is East London to celebrate the announcement of the FIRST FIFTY acts playing 2018’s festival with this very special series of gigs featuring some of the most highly anticipated talent to feature on the announcement. Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, The Old Blue Last, Birthdays, Zigfrid von Underbelly and The Courtyard Theatre will all play host to shows.

Tuesday 21st November

Birthdays presented by Clash

Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen presented by Live Nation Source

The Old Blue Last presented by So Young

Wednesday 22nd November

The Courtyard Theatre presented by BBC Music Introducing

Thursday 23rd November

Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen presented by Ticketweb

Birthdays presented by DIY

The Old Blue Last presented by Line of Best Fit